Hispanicore is inspired by a romanticized and stylized view of Hispanic-American lifestyle and its relationship with nature and its colonial past. It is an aesthetic that is heavily influenced by Spanish and Portuguese colonizers, including the influences it received from diverse Native American cultures. The style is more likely associated with warm climate, the tropical jungle, and colonial architecture in a post-colonial time.
The style avoids any imaging related with the current political and socio-economical problems in Latin-American countries.
Hispanicore visuals are usually outside, and include green areas, plants or flowers, even in urban settings. Main structures in images are often colonial buildings, which were usually build for religious, governmental or military purposes. In the countryside, most houses are made of wood, and flora is that of the tropical jungle, but domestic animals such as pigs, horses, cows and chicken are very common. The archetypical countryside structure of Hispanicore visuals is the Hacienda, which can be considered a kind of classic mansion-farm for rich people with industries such as sugar cane, coffee or maize.
Structures are often colorfully painted in bright colors, and plenty of domestic plants are used to decorate buildings and their balconies. Wooden structures are also heavily influenced by traditional Spanish styles. Tropical trees and crops such as sugar cane, maize, bananas, mangos, oranges, coconuts and a wide diversity of flowering trees, are often visible in these images.
Filters often add a warm sunlight to the images, which are often taken in the sunrise or sunset.
The idealized visuals of Hispanicore often hide widespread problems found in Hispanic countries. Places with Graffiti are often not included in the images, or they are conveniently cropped out. Painted and restored colonial buildings are preferred over decaying buildings and ruins, which may suggest gentrification.
Most images are taken in places designed and maintained for tourists, so the everyday struggles of Hispanic people are often hidden from sight.
- Rio (2011)
- Coco (2017)
- Encanto (2021)